3 credit hours This course presents a survey of the comtemporary American family with emphasis on change in form, functions and expectation. The history of the family, both public and private, will be considered and examined in relation to the effects of class, ethnicity and social policy. The effects on the family of common life events experienced by individ- uals and family members will be covered including sexuality, mate selection, marriage, childbearing, the working family, divorce, domestic violence and aging. The future of the family including implications for the individual and society will be discussed. (Prerequiste: Consent of department chair).